- Title: THAILAND: Bank workers in Thailand join Ice Bucket Challenge
- Date: 22nd August 2014
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (AUGUST 22, 2014) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF BANK HEADQUARTERS BANK EMPLOYEES WALKING HANDS HOLDING BUCKET/FILLING ICE WATER BANK EMPLOYES SHOUTING/ HOLDING BUCKET OF WATER AND ICE ONLOOKERS TAKING PHOTOS WOMAN DONATING MONEY BANK EMPLOYEES POURING BUCKET OF WATER AND ICE ONTO THEIR HEADS MORE OF PEOPLE POURING BUCKET OVER THEIR HEADS (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 54-YEAR-OLD BANGKOK BANK EMPLOYEE, PORNCHAI THAWATHANAPAISARN, SAYING "It is a way to urge us to help donate funds to charities and we also had fun. I believe that all of us are happy, the people who donated are happy, the people who receive the funds are happy. It doesn't mean that we are copying foreigners, we do it because we want to and we get to do good, and those who give are also also giving because they are willing to." VARIOUS OF BANK EMPLOYEES POURING BUCKET OF ICE WATER OVER THEIR HEADS
- Embargoed: 6th September 2014 13:00
- Location: Thailand
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA7SFXHML7J272NDL85YD1TTMAK
- Story Text: Employees at a Bangkok Bank dump ice water over themselves as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge which has gone viral over the world, raising money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.
Bank workers in Thailand on Friday (August 22) joined the Ice Bucket Challenge and dumped freezing cold water over themselves to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
The initiative involves people posting videos of themselves being drenched in ice water and challenging others to take the plunge as well. The ice bucket challenge has gone viral on the Internet and has included celebrities and other high profile figures. ALS affects the function of nerves and muscles and those suffering from the disease may eventually lose the ability to control their movements.
Around 50 employees of Bangkok Bank took part in the challenge on Friday, raising about $2700.
"It is a way to urge us to help donate funds to charities and we also had fun. I believe that all of us are happy, the people who donated are happy, the people who receive the funds are happy. It doesn't mean that we are copying foreigners, we do it because we want to and we get to do good, and those who give are also also giving because they are willing to," 54-year-old Bangkok Bank employee Pornchai Thawathanapaisarn said.
The ALS website says it has received more than $30 million compared to less than $2 million raised during the same period last year.
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